Document ReferencePw A 332
TitleLetter in French from Eberhard Danckelmann to William Bentinck [later 1st Earl of Portland]; n.d. [Sep. 1688]
Date Of CreationSeptember 1688 (c)
Extent4 ff
LevelItem/file
Content DescriptionExplains that this letter is in reply to Bentinck's previous two; says Mr Ham has shown him what was sent from Paris, indicating what a minister of His Excellence said to Poussin and what Poussin said to M. de Louvois; although it was said in the same letter that His Highness had not considered the proposal in respect of 'l'affaire d'Angleterre', it was clear that this minister, either real or pretend, did not know the secret which had been well kept there as evidenced by the meeting at Minden.

Quotes the reply from His Excellence to a letter from His Highness, the Prince; the letter states that M. Gromkeau left last Friday and will release the troops; thinks they will be found to be excellent and will give good service if the occasion arises; states that 'our people' have arrived in Cologne as advised by everyone, except, to their astonishment, the marshall, who has not written anything; comments on negotiations with the French concerning the neutrality of Cologne.

Danckelmann states that what Mr Ham has informed him [Bentinck] by this post is close to his heart; refers to the embarkment and to the great attachment he has always had for His Highness the Prince [of Orange?], as well as for Bentinck; explains that he speaks so freely because the time of the embarkment is so close; comments on the nature of what he has said both to Mr Ham and in this letter, inspired by his zeal for the service of their two masters, and states that if nothing comes of it, at least he has done his duty.

This letter is not dated; the date provided is from N. Japikse, 'Correspondentie van Willem III en van Hans Willem Bentinck, Eersten Graaf van Portland', No. 24, p. 138.
LanguageFrench
Termintelligence, reports
diplomacy, European 1688
military campaigns, Cologne 1688
revolutions, Glorious Revolution 1688
Related MaterialN. Japikse, 'Correspondentie van Willem III en van Hans Willem Bentinck, Eersten Graaf van Portland', Rijks Geschiedkundige Publicatiën (the Hague, 1928), No. 24, pp. 138-140.
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Persons
CodePersonNameDates of Existence
NA30553Ham; John (fl 1688-1690); -; of Berlin; probably Johan Ham 1654-1725 burgomaster of Arnhem and deputy for Guelderland; Netherlands commissioner and resident ambassador in Brandenburg 1683-1696fl 1688-1690
NA30554Poussin; Jean Baptiste (-1749); -; French diplomat; 1688 ambassador's secretary in Berlin; 1701 agent in England and 1702-26 in Denmark and north German states-1749
NA30384Le Tellier; François Michel (1641-1691); Marquis de Louvois; minister of Louis XIV1641-1691
NA30555Gromkau; - (fl 1688); -fl 1688
NA1083William III (1650-1702); King of England Scotland and Ireland1650-1702
NA30337Danckelmann; Eberhard Christoph Balthasar von (1643-1722); minister and envoy of the Elector of Brandenburg1643-1722
NA1043Bentinck; H. William (1649-1709); 1st Earl of Portland; diplomat and adviser of William of Orange; alias Hans Willem1649-1709
Places
CodePlace name
PL34366/Minden/Germany
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